Bell inscribed with the Urartian royal name Argishti

Period: Iron Age III

Date: ca. 789–766 B.C.

Geography: Urartu

Culture: Urartian

Medium: Bronze, iron

Dimensions: 3.43 in. (8.71 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Equestrian-Inscribed

Credit Line: Gift of Nathaniel Spear Jr., 1977

Accession Number: 1977.186


This classical Urartian bell has a domed top, an octagonal and perforated body with a central raised ridge, and a loop for suspension. The Urartian cuneiform inscription reads: "From the arsenal of [King] Argishti."